20 Best Shade-Loving Flowers for Containers

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Here’s an all-inclusive list of the Best Shade-Loving Flowers for Containers that you can grow easily to add a colorful appeal to small spaces!

Do not let the small space in your apartment or studio stop you from growing colorful flowers. Even if you don’t have a sunlit garden, you can still add blooms to your home by growing these Best Shade-Loving Flowers for Containers!

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Best Shade-Loving Flowers for Containers

Though these flowers are shade-loving, exposing them daily to 1-3 hours of sunlight will give these plants a needed boost in blooming.

1. Impatiens

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Botanical Name: Impatiens

Impatiens offer an array of colorful blooms and flourish in full shade. You can also grow them in partial shade as well. A location where they get bright morning sun and shade for the rest of the day is excellent.

Find out the best impatiens varieties here

2. Astilbe

Botanical Name: Astilbe chinensis

Add a colorful appeal to your shade gardens with red, pink, and white blooms of Astilbe with contrasting green leaves in pots. It also attracts butterflies and beneficial insects.

3. Foam Flower

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Botanical Name: Tiarella

This beautiful perennial offers clusters of white blooms on a single stem and does well in the shade. Grow this flowering plant in decorative pots for an attractive look.

4. Caribbean Copper Plant


Botanical Name: Euphorbia cotinifolia

The colorful foliage with matching little flowers in white-cream hue on pale yellow bracts look adorable in a pot when planted in the shaded spots of gardens all year round.

5. Sapphire Flower

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Botanical Name: Browallia speciosa

This annual plant shows off pretty white, purple, blue blossoms that flourish well in shaded to partially shady locations. Varieties like Starlight Series offer compact plants, and Troll Series feature dense plants ideal for containers.

6. Fuchsia

Botanical Name: Fuchsia

Fuchsia displays multicolored flowers in a number of varieties that are vining and trailing. Grow this flowering plant in dappled light, as it can not tolerate heat.

7. Bush Lily

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Botanical Name: Clivia miniata

Clivia is an evergreen plant and offers large clumps of funnel-shaped orange blooms with clusters of green, strap-like foliage. It favors dappled shade and protection from direct sun.

8. Wishbone Flower


Botanical Name: Torenia fournieri

The delicate multi and bi-color blooms appear in late spring to early summer. It is a perfect choice for containers in an area with morning sun and afternoon shade.

9. Flowering Tobacco

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Botanical Name: Nicotiana altata

The ornamental colorful star-shaped blooms look adorable in the pot. Grow them in partial shade in rich, moist soil.

10. Begonia

Botanical Name: Begonia semperflorens

The colorful begonia flowers with contrasting foliage look adorable in containers. You can grow varieties like Boliviensis Begonia, Reiger Begonia, Big Red Bronze Leaf, Ambassador White, and Super Cascade does well in shade or partial shade.

Check more beautiful begonias for shade and indoors here

11. Silver Falls

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Botanical Name: Dichondra argentea ‘Silver Falls’

This creeping perennial is grown as a spiller in containers. It grows well in partial shade and produces red blooms over green or silver leaves.

12. Lobelia

Botanical Name: Lobelia

The purple, white, or blue flowers fall over the rims of containers – it prefers partial shade and flowers best before nighttime temperatures become too warm.

13. Sweet Alyssum

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Botanical Name: Lobularia maritima

The sweet flowers of this low-growing annual flourish in partial sun. Plant it in upright containers or hanging baskets.

14. Bacopa

Botanical Name: Bacopa monnieri

Small pink, white, or blue flowers cascade along with this plant from spring to fall. Combine it with other annuals for attractive scenery in containers or window boxes.

15. Pansy

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Botanical Name: Viola

Pansies are a great choice for containers and you can grow them in the full sun to partial shade – it requires a cool temperature to flourish and continues to flower longer if grown in partial shade.

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16. Cineraria

Botanical Name: Pericallis × hybrida

Grow this tender perennial in shady areas or in pots under a patio that receives dappled light. Use slightly acidic, moist soil with good drainage.

17. Hydrangea

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Botanical Name: Hydrangea

Coming in a vast array of shades and colors, hydrangeas are one of the best flowers to grow in pots. They do well in dappled light and look stunning!

Check out our article on growing hydrangeas here

18. Primrose

Botanical Name: Primula vulgaris

Coming in an array of colors, primrose is the plant to have for the shaded spot that gets 2-3 hours of sun per day. Use rich, well-draining, and slightly acid soil for best growth.

19. Miss Piggy

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Botanical Name: Bergenia cordifolia ‘Miss Piggy’

Large green leaves and contrasting pink flowers are what make this plant so special! Place it at a spot that gets 1-2 hours of sunlight and watch it grow in all its glory.

20. Phlox

Botanical Name: Phlox

Phlox come in a variety of shades and you will never have a problem picking your favorite one out! The flowers come in clusters and are sweetly fragrant.

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